Wolfe wins state, heads to nationals
Brecke Wolfe swam her way to championship gold in the 200-meter freestyle this past weekend at the USA Swimming Indiana State Championships.
Going into the finals heat of the event, there was just a little more than two seconds between first and eighth place.
“I thought the race would be extremely tight, lots of very fast swimmers from the Indianapolis area, but Brecke had a good lane position in the middle of the pool”, said Capital Aquatics coach Mike Woertz.
The field stayed together for the first 50 meters.
At the 100-meter mark, swimmers began to spread out a little and Wolfe inched ahead to about a half-body-length lead. At the 150-meter turn, she had extended her lead to a full body length.
“I knew coming off that last turn, when she was ahead of the second- and third-place swimmers, she was going to be extremely difficult to beat,” said Woertz. “She is just so strong on the back half of her races.”
Wolfe swam away from the pack in the last 50 meters to finish three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher with a time of 2:34.94.
Also at the state championships, Wolfe scored in her other five events and picked up two more medals, a fourth place in the 200 individual medley and a sixth place in the 100 breaststroke.
Wolfe’s times in the 200-meter freestyle, as well as in the 100-meter freestyle, was good enough to qualify her for the Central Zone National Championship that will take place in August. She will compete as a member of Team Indiana.
Also swimming for Capital Aquatics at the state meet were Ellis Kaiser and Malachi Mikel in the 9-10-year-old boys’ category.
Kaiser finished 16th in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:17.73, and Mikel finished 17th in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:30.96 and 14th in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 41.36.
“Our swimmers did fantastic this weekend,” said Woertz. “It is extremely difficult to even qualify for the meet but, for all three of them to finish high enough to score points, and for Brecke to bring home a state championship, that’s really phenomenal.”
The three-day meet, which requires athletes to achieve a qualifying time standard for each event in order to participate, featured the top swimmers from 68 USA Swimming teams throughout the state.
Next up for Capital Aquatics is competing at the Indiana Central-West Divisional Championship in Crawfordsville next weekend.